The shouxi building with rhythmic façade

The apartment complex is located at the old city center of Fuzhou, China.

A project by NEXT architects

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img.0image © designboom

Dutch firm NEXT architects has realized the ‘shouxi building’, an apartment complex located at the old city center of fuzhou, china. the site itself presented complications which resulted in the U shaped floor plan to accommodate the 400 apartments of 45-110 sqm in size. the iridescent façade is reminiscent of the  ‘shouxi or seal stone’ that the area is known for, and at night, the rhythmic form is illuminated by lights. to establish diversity within the large number of similar apartments, the balconies and exterior spaces are molded around the building and manipulated to create a sense of individuality.

img.1the building references ‘seal stone’ that is found in the provinceimage © NEXT architects

img.2the U-shaped floor plan was developed through site limitationsimage © NEXT architects

img.3the central courtyard of the building is an outdoor, communal space for the residentsimage © NEXT architects

img.4the purple lights highlight the form of the buildingimage © NEXT architects

img.5there are 400 apartments within image © NEXT architects

img.6the scheme was awarded the ‘gold medal chinese architectural housing design competition 2012image © NEXT architects

img.7captionimage © NEXT architects

 

Via Designboom